Suburb Profile – Carrum Downs


Carrum Downs is a relaxed, family orientated suburb that offers affordable property prices, strong community infrastructure and great access to coastal locations.

Located 45km from Melbourne’s CBD and just 8km from Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula, Carrum Downs is at the heart of Melbourne’s thriving outer southeast.

For lovers of the outdoors, it is only a 10-minute drive to a range of splendid open-air attractions including Carrum Beach, the Seaford Wetlands and Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Its gentle clear waters, soft sand, and gorgeous views down the Mornington Peninsula make Carrum Beach the perfect spot for a relaxing swim, or enjoying time with family and friends on a warm summer’s day.

The undisturbed natural environments of the Seaford Wetlands and Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve are also fantastic locations for walking, jogging, cycling and in the case of latter, horse riding.

Carrum Downs is very well serviced by public transport, with two bus lines connecting the suburb with city bound trains on the Frankston line. By car, the commute to Melbourne’s CBD is only forty minutes on EastLink or the Monash Freeway. Twenty minutes in the opposite direction lies the serene Mornington Peninsula, where rugged coastline, surf beaches, and picture postcard wineries join to provide the ultimate weekend escape.

Carrum Downs is also a suburb with lots of room for growth. New businesses continue to open in its thriving retail districts – the Carrum Downs Regional Shopping Centre, Dandenong-Frankston Road, and the hub around the Coles supermarket at the corner of McCormicks Road and Ballarto Road.

According to 2011 Census data, the most common type of household structure in Carrum Downs is couples with children, followed by childless couples. Developers are responding to the growth by developing more land, which is in turn giving buyers greater choice.

The area’s liveability is enhanced by its many educational facilities, including a number of preschools and primary schools, a secondary school, and a campus of the Flinders Christian College. Additionally, Monash University’s Peninsula Campus is situated only ten minutes away in nearby Frankston.

With its many lifestyle drawcards, Carrum Downs is a fantastic prospect for young families and savvy property investors.

– Last updated November 2016.

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